Justin Rex, Ph.D.

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Justin Rex, Ph.D.

  • Position: Associate Professor
    Public Policy and Administration
  • Phone: 419-372-2107
  • Email: jmrex@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 109 Williams Hall


  • Member, Law and Society Association
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa


Justin Rex is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Bowling Green State University and a Research Fellow at the BGSU Center for Regional Development. His academic research is primarily in the subfields of Public Policy & Administration. Specifically, he researches regulatory policy with a focus on regulatory capture, the bureaucratic politics of financial regulation, and the regulation of white-collar financial crime. He has applied research expertise in program evaluation and has written grants and technical reports in a variety of policy areas, including health, transportation, special education, housing, and economic development. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Public Policy & Administration on topics including poverty, urban and rural policy issues, and public administration theory. Previously he worked as an  Assistant Professor of Political  Science at Shawnee State University, a Senior Lecturer in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University, and as a researcher in the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University.  He received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Wayne State University. He received a B.A. in Political Science, a B.A. in Sociology, and a minor in Economics from Bowling Green State University.


  • Regulatory Policy
  • Financial Regulation
  • The Presidency
  • Law
  • Program Evaluation


  • Ph.D in Political Science, Wayne State University (2013)
  • M.A. in Political Science, Wayne State University (2010)
  • B.A. in Political Science, Bowling Green State University (2008)
  • B.A. in Sociology, Bowling Green State University (2008)

Selected Publications

Rex, Justin. 2020. “Anatomy of Agency Capture: An Organizational Typology for Diagnosing and Remedying Capture.” Regulation & Governance 14(2), 271-294. Available here

Rex, Justin. (Forthcoming). “Restorative Justice, White-Collar Crime, And The 2008 Financial Crisis.” Appalachian Journal of Law.

Rex, Justin. (Forthcoming). “Careless or Criminal? The Social Construction of Wall Street in the Aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis” in The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research: Volume 6. Purdue University Press.

Rex, Justin. 2019. “Criminal Prosecutions and the 2008 Financial Crisis in the US and Iceland: What Can A Small Town Icelandic Police Chief Teach the US About Prosecuting Wall Street?” Concordia Law Review 4(1), 101-146. Available here. News coverage available here.

Rex, Justin. 2018. "Scoundrel or Scapegoat? Reassessing the Office of Thrift Supervision’s Performance Before the 2008 Financial Crisis.” Administration & Society 50(10), 1396-1421. Available here.

Courses Taught

Spring 2019

  • POLS 4310/5310 Politics, Policy, and Poverty

Fall 2018

  • HNRS 2010 Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • POLS 3030 Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLS 6210 Public Administration Theory and Behavior

Spring 2018

  • POLS 6900 Public Administration Capstone

Fall 2017

  • POLS 3030 Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLS 6210 Public Administration Theory and Behavior.

Spring 2017

  • POLS 3030 Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLS 6350 Urban and Rural Social Problems

Fall 2016

  • POLS 3030 Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLS 6210 Public Administration Theory and Behavior

Updated: 07/21/2022 06:10PM